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RE: How long for woodchips to decompose + lead question (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: belgianpup on 04.05.2008 at 06:11 pm in Soil Forum

Agronomist Neal Kinsey tells farmers that to break down crop residue into humus, it requires roughly one pound of actual nitrogen per one hundred pounds of residue.

I found a site that says a cubic yard of damp softwood chips weighs about 400 lbs.

I just googled a site that lists the typical percentages of several natural soil fertilizers [] , and it says alfalfa pellets contain 3% actual nitrogen (the meal is 2.5%). If my math is correct, a 50-lb bag of alfalfa pellets would contain 1.5 lbs of actual nitrogen, which would be good for about 150 lbs of chips. I think. That would be about 3 bags of pellets per cubic yard of wood chips. Hmmm, quite a lot.

Blood meal has 12% actual nitrogen, so it would only take a quarter as much, but costs $48/50# around here, which would come out about equal. And it can attract dogs, raccoon, etc.

There may be other things with higher nitrogen levels, but I wouldn't want to get into waste materials like sewage sludge and manufacturing waste that could be contaminated.


Here is a link that might be useful: Compost calculator


clipped on: 04.07.2008 at 04:36 pm    last updated on: 04.07.2008 at 04:36 pm

RE: Sowing Helleborus (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: lindalana on 01.11.2007 at 10:53 am in Winter Sowing Forum

For hellebores best results seeds have to be fresh. Dry storage is not tolerated. One can get fresh seeds already warm stratified from Elizabeth Town Hellebores/ they sending them right now/ I had very good like 100% germination results from their seeds. Also one might watch for Pine Knots Hellebores seeds somewhere early June, also good way to get fresh seeds. And of course, people who trade them on web might send you fresh ones. Those that were in dry storage might or might not germinate even with cold warm cold treatments.
I was informed that my seeds from ETH were send Jan 9 so I am very excited. I have seedlings from previous years ready to bloom this spring.


clipped on: 02.12.2007 at 11:10 pm    last updated on: 02.12.2007 at 11:10 pm

RE: Beating Dead Horse again- Poppy Bed (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: trudi_d on 11.06.2006 at 06:10 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Use the link below for some inspiration and motivation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wild Garden's Life of a Poppy Bed


clipped on: 11.08.2006 at 10:07 am    last updated on: 11.08.2006 at 10:08 am